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$ 3587

Highlights of New Zealand Escorted Tour

min $ 3587
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Destinations: Christchurch, Omarama, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3587
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Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Overnight: Heritage Gateway Hotel Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight there will be a Scottish themed evening complete with bagpipes, great food, and a haggis ceremony.
Overnight: Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and head to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights in this resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. The evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Enjoy a full day at leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your coach captain and tour escort will be happy to help. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax as you enjoy a gourmet barbeque dinner prepared in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown - Franz Josef (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Day 8: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue onto Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

*For certain departures between February and April 2018 accommodation will be in the Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch and not the Heartland Hotel Cotswold. Day 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington Day 10: Wellington (B) A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture of the city. Enjoy some free time to explore at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington Day 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Day 12 Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Day 13 Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Depart Rotorua this morning and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Day 14: Bay of Islands (B,D) Travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Day 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,SD) Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City Day 16: Auckland depart (B) Time to say goodbye today. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Notes

KEY: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World
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